This post is a couple of months late. I went to London in October but I have finally got around to writing about it.
I went a little overboard with shopping while in London but I visited so many awesome places and a lot of them were related to fandoms that I am into so I couldn’t help myself. I will try to sort the items according to where I bought them.
The two main items that I bought from Camden Market were my 2D bag and my top hat. I did buy other smaller items like bows and a necklace from a Lolita stall and a Doctor Who t-shirt but I was more excited by my bag and hat.
I will warn you now. If you buy a 2D bag from Camden Market you might end up with a faulty one. I am not saying that all sellers sell faulty bags but the one I bought ended up breaking a week after I came home from my holiday. It really disappointed me because I loved how it looked and it used to confuse people when they saw it. R.I.P Bag. (I will buy a replacement online in your memory)
I was so happy to find a top hat on this trip. I have wanted one for years but I kept seeing them for sale for £30 or more so when I managed to haggle the price of this one down to £18 I just had to have it. It matched the Jack the Ripper t-shirt I bought from London Dungeon.
The Doctor Who Museum
I only bought a fez from the Doctor Who shop and museum. I have always wanted one and when I saw that they were selling them for only £7 it was an instant purchase. Also I was already wearing a bow tie and other Doctor Who related accessories so my outfit was missing a fez.
It was also my headgear for the Doctor Who marathon I held in our hotel room once we got back and I wore it to the cinema for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary showing. Fezes are cool.
We have a Forbidden Planet store here in Belfast but it is probably half of the size of the one in London. Sadly the only thing that I bought was a Doctor Who t-shirt that looks like the top half of the 11th Doctor’s costume. They had other things that I wanted but I really had problems trying to make my mind up.
Tokyo Toys is one of the places in London where I had to stop myself from buying everything in the shop. They sell anime merchandise and I pretty much ran to it once we were in London.
I seemed to be collecting t-shirts on this trip so I couldn’t say no to this adorable pikachu t-shirt. I had been planning to buy the same one from ebay so I jumped at the chance to buy it in person. I didn’t know that it had a tail until I was trying it on back at the hotel. There was a lot of “Look at my tail!” butt wriggling going on after that discovery.
I wear contact lenses and I like cake so I needed this contact lens case. I actually had to run back to the store to buy it because they kept them next to the cashier, so I didn’t spot them until I was already leaving. It only cost me £3 and they have been home to my contacts ever since. They are so much more cute and colourful than regular contact lens cases.
This hat probably looks strange if you are not an anime fan, and yes I do wear it in public, occasionally. This hat is actually my reason for going to Tokyo Toys. I wanted the hat of Ace from One Piece and since I don’t like ordering hats online in case they get crushed and they were only selling it for £17 I needed it. I wore it around London for the rest of the day once I got it.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
I have mentioned before on this blog that I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. I have been for around 15 years now. It is probably strange that I only bought a duck from the museum but I had been to it before and friends have brought be back items from it when they have traveled to London so I already had all of the obvious items from it. Sherlock Duck solves all of the mysteries of bath time though.
Harry Potter Studios
I could write a blog post just about my experiences at The Harry Potter Studios. I also cant find images of the other item I bought which is an auror badge, which means that I can officially fight dark wizards now.
This t-shirt was actually a gift from my boyfriend who bought it while we were visiting the studios. It has a thestral on it and says “I can see them too, you are just as sane as I am.” It reminded him of me for some reason. I never thought of myself as a Luna.
Platform 9 and 3/4
The shop next to Platform 9 and 3/4 mainly sold wizarding school supplies, sweets, wands and uniforms. I bought a couple of chocolate frogs and boxes of Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans but they ended up getting magically eaten instead of making their way back to Belfast.
I bought myself a quill. I have written with a proper quill before but this one has a built in ball point pen so you don’t need any ink. You just use it like a regular pen. I haven’t had much of a chance to use this yet because I am worried that the feather part will get ruined in my bag if I carry it around.
A must have souvenir from your visit to Platform 9 and 3/4: Your ticket to Hogwarts. They are very beautifully made and are printed in shimmering gold ink. I ended up keeping it in a little plastic envelope to keep it safe.
That is everything that I bought from London, with the exception of a few items that I couldnt find images of. I dont usually do haul blog posts. I might make them a thing. I really havent decided yet.